Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches you how to recognize harmful ways of thinking and discover behaviors that may be affecting your mood and then work to implement positive changes. The team at Max Psychiatry, with office conveniently located in Apex, North Carolina, has helped countless patients in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Holly Springs area, using CBT. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Q& A

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) ?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment approach that centers on helping patients recognize and examine the thought patterns and behaviors that often underlie depression. The fundamental premise of CBT suggests that people often develop a pattern of automatic thinking and feeling in response to certain triggers, often without realizing it. In learning to recognize these patterns, patients can begin to make significant long-term changes. Treatment is typically short-term,  the therapy is tailored for each patient, and operates very much as a partnership between patient and therapist. The ultimate goal of CBT is for patients to learn to be their own therapists with the ability to recognize emotional triggers and utilize new tools and techniques to better handle them.

What kinds of issues are best treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ?

CBT is effective in treating a wide range of issues. Some of the most common are:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Substance problems
  • Eating problems
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What is CBT homework?

Homework or experimental assignments between sessions may be integrated as a component of your treatment.  Specific assignments may vary but the purpose of the exercises is to encourage patients to be active participants in the process and provides an opportunity to put what is explored or learned in the session to practical use in everyday life. Successes and challenges experienced in completing assignments are then discussed in the following treatment sessions.

How Can Max Psychiatry help?

At Max Psychiatry, we use a variety of approaches and often find that the best results are achieved when using a combination of treatment approaches. These may include: psychotherapy, medication management, relaxation training, stress reduction, mindfulness, and visualization techniques. Our psychiatrists are also experts in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which are among the most widely-used and successful psychotherapy treatment modalities for wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, PTSD, OCT etc. The clinical team at Max Psychiatry has helped countless patients in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, Wake forest, Holly Springs areas with their various issues.

What will it cost me ?

 We accept most of the major health insurances such as Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, BCBS, United, Humana, Multiplan etc.  Click here for the full list of insurances, we accept. Please call our office at 919-386-0402 or email us at to ask about your out-of-pocket expenses.